"That's part of it, because Eddy is now on the team and we've got to develop a lot of attention to Eddy from a franchise standpoint, because he went out there in 11 minutes and I thought actually changed the game in a lot of ways. Their big guys were having their way with us, which big men do because David (Lee) is not a natural center, and when Eddy went in -- just the fact that he could take the ball and go at them -- I could see they went back on their heels and they weren't the same after that no matter who was playing. I thought he helped us win the game right there. He's got a lot of talent, he's got great size, you can see he's worked on his body tremendously, so yeah, Eddy is a guy we're very high on, and we wanted to work with him."
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Fanatics, Bloguin has just published its first "NBA Blog Carnival" which is a collection of stories or links from blogs around a theme. The blog carnival, officially called the "Bloguin NBA-a-thon" features some of the best writings from the various NBA blogs on Bloguin. The inaugural blog party is being curated and hosted by Don at With Malice (Lakers). (Don has visited the crew for some LBE action). I haven't read all the articles, but the carnival looks great and our entry is Statesman's provocative piece "Separating Wheat & Chaff." Check it out by clicking the pic or the link above.
As the Knicks wait to undergo another reincarnation, Donnie Walsh contemplates signing the short-term Answer, while hoping Eddy Curry’s weight loss will provide a long-term gain (trade). Donnie’s myriad of issues would have been negated with one move on draft-day 2009. By-Passing Brandon Jennings while selecting Jordan Hill will have a long-term impact on the Knicks, Mike D’Antoni, and the City.
The following is an excerpt from Knicks favorite Bill Bradley's book, Values of the Game. Of course there is no way you can be a Knicks fan and not be familiar with "Dollar Bill" Bradley, unless you are so young that the greatest Knick you ever saw was Steve Francis. Bill Bradley is one of the most legendary Knicks; an alum with the likes of Willis Reed, Clyde Frazier, Phil Jackson and Dave DeBusschere who not only had stellar basketball careers, but also notable post-game careers. Princeton grad Bill Bradley should know a little about leadership. He was drafted by the Knicks in 1965 and was with the team, after playing in the Italian League, for 10 years. An Olympian, Hall of Famer and former All-star, Bradley played on two Knicks Championship teams. After basketball, he entered politics and was a powerful senator for New Jersey for 18 years. He ran for President of the United States in 2000. His number 24 is retired and hanging in the Garden rafters.
Leadership: Bringing Out The Best
Leadership means getting people to think, believe, see, and do what they might not have without you. It means possessing the vision to set the right goal and the decisiveness to pursue it single-mindedly. It means being aware of the fears and anxieties felt by those you lead even as you urge them to overcome those fears. It can appear in a speech before hundreds of people or in a dialogue with one other person – or simply by example.
To the Bulls’ Phil Jackson, the key leadership function for a coach in the pros is getting winning is the purpose of playing, but to achieve that end a coach frequently has to create a context larger than the immediate game. At each level I played, the desire to win was a reflection of a deeper desire. In my small-town high school, the motivation was to beat the big city schools; in college, the challenge was for a group of athletes who were primarily students to beat the best in the NCAA; in the pros, the larger purpose was to show that a team without a dominant star could win the NBA title. Pete Carril’s idea of leadership was to ask his players to give a little more than they thought they were capable of achieving. That’s why Princeton on occasion became a giant killer.
A wise coach doesn’t do all the talking. Sometimes with the right group, he’ll let the team members put pressure on players who are problem children. In 1994, the Bulls without Michael Jordan, were playing the Knicks for the Eastern Conference semifinals. In the last seconds of a close game three, Jackson called the game-deciding play, with Toni Kukoc rather than Scottie Pippen as the shooter. An angered Pippen took himself out of the game. Kukoc hit the shot and the Bulls won, but Pippen‘s highly visible act of insubordination posed an immediate challenge for Jackson. Phil declined to come down hard on Pippen in his postgame interview. In the locker room however, he closed the door, announced that he thought the team had something to say to Pippen, and then left the room Bill Cartwright, a quintessential team player who was in the final year of his career, was so upset that he was close to tears as he asked Pippen how he could have let the team down after all they had sacrificed for as a group throughout the year. Other players chimed in along similar lines. Pippen, man enough to see his error, apologized on the spot, and in the next game he was back contributing to the Bulls’ performance. If Phil himself had confronted Scottie, the result might not have been as positive; by harnessing the team to do his work, he was more effective.
"Here come the Knicks. I think they decided enough's enough. And they played hard."-- Mike D'Antoni
"I think it [signing Allen Iverson] will help things. You got a guy who's a proven scorer, probably a Hall-of-Famer. He can only do positive things, I think, to this team." -- Al Harrington
The Knicks won just their second game of the season in an usual fashion with the help of the debut of Eddie Curry. The enigmatic center's presence helped spark a come back for a 19 point deficit as the Knicks outlasted the Pacers who were playing the second game of a back-to-back. Still, any win for the Knicks, at this point in the season where they are questioning every aspect of the team, is a good win and a sign that the players have not given up totally.
Reeling New York Knicks visit the Indiana Pacers in search of second victory of season. Meanwhile, the Knicks study prudence of engaging the services of free agent Allen Iverson. Join us tonight.no comments
Ten games into the season and it appears that the Knicks are who we thought,....the Knicks of the 21st century. Donnie Walsh, the GM brought in to oversee the rebuilding and put his stamp on the franchise, is using a strategy that he hopes will appeal to the Super-Star ego. Come to New York and lead this team with less talent than an expansion franchise back to glory and your place in basketball history will be forever cemented. Donnie believes that the Stars of today are so self-absorbed that they have forgotten that Kevin Garnett spent the prime of his career being "The Man", but could only get past the first round of the playoffs once, due to a weak supporting cast. Will LeBron or Wade take 30 million less then what their current teams can offer to play with the foundation that Walsh is creating? If not, then does signing a Joe Johnson or Chris Bosh level player to compliment the supporting cast justify two years of losing? Do the Knicks currently have the organizational leadership and on-the-court talent to visualize a bright future? To answer these questions we must separate the Wheat from the Chaff.
Donnie Walsh: The basketball equivalent of George Clinton or Mick Jagger. When you see the present day Clinton or Jagger you realize that they are not what they were, and they are attempting to live off their past. You wish that they would retire. Like Clinton and Jagger, Walsh has not had a hit since the 80s, (Reggie Miller). We now have enough information to evaluate Donnie's performance.
Donnie has hired a coach, signed Chris Duhon, the D-Leaguer Anthony Roberson,(‘Lives' was reading Roberson scouting report and thought it was on Jennings), made trades, and sat through two drafts. Give Donnie credit for unloading Jerome James, but the other guys have been traded again, proving that there was a market for their talent. Selecting Danillo over Lopez was crime, and Hill over Jennings is an abomination. A Super-Star would find it more appealing joining Lopez & Jennings, compared to Danillo & Hill.
It appears that this version of Donnie is CHAFF.
Mike D'Antoni: Staying with the music comparisons Mike D'Antoni has to be the baskeball version of Millie Vanelli. Just as Millie Vanelli received acclaimed and credit when someone else was responsible for the hits, it is obvious that Steve Nash made seven seconds or less successful. D'Antoni appears to be a 'System' coach that is unable to make adjustments that will allow his team to succeed. He has demonstrated that he is not strong on the Xs and Os, nor has the ability to use his time-outs wisely. Without having guys that fit into his 'System', D'Antoni has proven to be CHAFF.
Jennings' Pre-Rookie of Year Award Film Festival
(The truth speaks for itself. Damn. This boy is bad! 'Nuff said. Donnie Walsh, you messed up big time buddy. )
Ah shut the fvck up. This is an equal opportunity blog.
Apparently, while David Lee is getting props for how his lady looks, forward Danilo Gallinari is getting propped up for his own looks. The Rooster, the dude with the flaming cock (see left) as his icon, has caught the attention of the gay community for his drop dead (No, I'm still Lives. LOL) handsome looks. Today Sportsfags.com (a leading gay community sports blog) has selected Gallo as #3 in the "Top 5 NBA Hotties." The writers at Sportsfags make a compelling case in words and pics. They write, "[W]ith the Knicks picking up the option on Danilo's contract through the 2011-12 NBA season, [the] gay sports fan in New York will have plenty to cheer for during those cold NY winters." I say, "You go boys," but you may be fighting the ladies to have this one as an object of desire. On another hand, at least one Knick will get honored this year. Thank you Sportsfags.com.
Do You Think Kanye West Will Interrupt This Award Ceremony?
A Blog States Its Case For Gallo at the 3 Spot